If quitting the smoking habit is on your New Year’s resolution list for 2011; the following facts from the American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will help encourage you to follow through with your plan!
AFTER YOU QUIT
- Within 20 minutes – your blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal.
- Within 8 hours – carbon monoxide levels in the blood drop to normal and oxygen levels rise to normal. Smoker’s breath disappears.
- Within 24 hours – chance of heart attack decreases.
- Within 48 hours – nerve endings start re-growing. Ability to taste and smell enhances.
- Within 3 days – you’ll breathe easier.
- Within 2 weeks to 3 months – circulation improves. Walking becomes easier. Lung function increases up to 30%.
- Within 1 to 9 months – you’ll cough less. Sinus congestion and shortness of breath decrease. The cilia that sweep debris from your lungs will grow back. You’ll feel more energetic.
- Within 1 year – excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.
- Within 2 years – your heart attack risk drops to near normal.
- Within 5 years – lung cancer death rate for average former smoker (of one pack a day) decreases by almost half. Stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker 5 to 15 years after quitting. Risk of mouth, throat, and esophageal cancers is half that of a smoker’s.
- Within 10 years – lung cancer death rate is similar to that of a nonsmoker. Pre-cancerous cells are replaced. Risk of cancer of the bladder, kidneys, and pancreas decreases.
- Within 15 years – risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker.
Congratulations on making the healthy choice to stop smoking!!!